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FDA Schedules Meeting on Twice-Rejected Female Libido Drug

May 8, 2015 10:57 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will ask a group of outside medical experts next month to evaluate a much-debated experimental drug designed to boost sexual desire in women. Read more...


Hepatitis C Common Among HIV-Positive Patients in Sub-Saharan Africa

May 8, 2015 8:53 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

A new study has found high levels of infection with hepatitis C across Africa, particularly in people infected with HIV. Read more...


Novartis' Lung Cancer Drug Gets European Approval

May 8, 2015 8:46 am | News | Comments

The approval of Zykadia in the European Union provides patients with advanced ALK+ NSCLC previously treated with crizotinib a new treatment option that specifically targets the genetic makeup of their cancer. Read more...


Potential for a More Personalized Approach to Womb Cancer

May 8, 2015 8:41 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Doctors have helped show that high-risk womb cancer patients can be genetically profiled to allow them to receive more appropriate treatment. Read more...


Ebola is Found in Doctor's Eye Months after Virus Left Blood

May 8, 2015 8:40 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, Ebola has been discovered inside the eyes of a patient months after the virus was gone from his blood. Read more...


New Research into Health Benefits of Coffee

May 8, 2015 8:39 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

New research has brought us closer to being able to understand the health benefits of coffee. Read more...


Large Numbers of Trial Results Go Unreported; WHO Says “Report Them”

May 8, 2015 8:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced what many feel is a strong, long-overdue statement condemning parties who do not report results of clinical trials in a timely way. By one account, more than 30 percent of industry and academic groups in the U.S. have not reported results of their clinical trials for 60 months, plus. The WHO outlined specific, and strict, solutions. Read more...


AbbVie Receives Breakthrough Designation for Cancer Drug

May 7, 2015 11:40 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation for its leukemia drug, venetoclax, to speed up the regulatory review process. Read more...


Statin Drugs Can Delay Prostate Cancer Progression in Patients, Study Shows

May 7, 2015 11:25 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

​Men who went on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs when they began androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer had a longer time in which their disease was under control than did men who didn't take statins, a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators shows. Read more...


J&J Seeks Bioethics Advice on Compassionate Use of Drugs

May 7, 2015 10:27 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dying patients sometimes seek emergency access to experimental medicines, desperate for a last-chance treatment even if there's little proof it could help. Now drug giant Johnson & Johnson is taking an unusual step, turning to independent bioethicists for advice on when to say yes or no. Read more...


Existing Drug May Treat Deadliest Childhood Brain Tumor, Study Finds

May 7, 2015 10:22 am | by Erin Digitale, pediatrics science writer for Stanford University | News | Comments

A multicenter study has identified an FDA-approved medication that prolongs survival in mice with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a brain tumor that now lacks chemotherapy treatments. Read more...


Advantage for Picture-Based Cigarette Pack Warnings Over Text Warnings

May 7, 2015 10:10 am | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | News | Comments

Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. Read more...


Tackling the Challenges of Antibody Development

May 7, 2015 9:30 am | by Tim Moran, director of life science research at BIOVIA | Articles | Comments

As organizations in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical space shift their focus from small molecules to protein-based therapies, they can no longer rely on traditional research approaches. Read more...


UN: Lowest Number of New Weekly Ebola Cases in West Africa

May 7, 2015 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said the number of Ebola cases reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone last week dropped to 18, the lowest total this year. Read more...


New Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Field Trial

May 7, 2015 8:38 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Following a trial in Kenya, the vaccine was found to be 67 percent effective against infection with Plasmodium falciparum, one of the parasites known to cause Malaria. Read more...



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